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Something to hope for

“Rules for happiness: Something to do, someone to love, something to hope for.” –Immanuel Kant Joe Biden includes that quote at the beginning of his new book Promise Me, Dad, which is the story of what happened to him and his family during the last year of his son Bo’s life.

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The one who contributes nothing

Remember the middle-school project? In her book Short Stories by Jesus, Amy-Jill Levine talks about the middle-school student who doesn’t do his–or it could be “her,” of course–share of the project. Everyone else works hard, but he doesn’t do anything. “And what if he didn’t care at all? What if he depended on us, even […]

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Women’s work

Mechtilde of Hackeborn, born in 1240, entered the cloistered world when she was only seven. When she grew older, she taught children at the convent school, chanted the liturgy with the other nuns, helped with daily household tasks, which included spinning and embroidering. She also took care of the sick and helped the doctors with […]

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Architect, designer and decorator

Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter was the chief architect and decorator for the Fred Harvey Company from 1902 to 1948. In the Grand Canyon, she created a number of showcases—the Desert View Watchtower, the Bright Angel Lodge and the Lookout Studio. Colter left her mark on the La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe when she helped […]

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Dignity and decency

Michelle Obama once said, “We learned about dignity and decency—that how hard you work matters more than how much you make—that helping others means more than just getting ahead yourself.”

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If men had babies

I found a card in an antique shop in Bellingham, Washington, and I couldn’t resist buying it for my friend Kathleen, who is supposed to have her second baby before the end of the month. The card shows a funky illustration of two men—one is sitting behind a desk and talking—and the other is wearing […]

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Would you hire Ruth Bader Ginsburg?

In 1959, RBG graduated from Columbia Law at the top of her class, but she could barely get a job. No one wanted to hire a woman lawyer. In 1963, RBG became the second woman to teach full-time at Rutgers School of Law. She didn’t get paid as much as the men on the faculty. […]

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The nights of work

I’m sharing another quote from Maya Angelou. It’s one that my friend Lynn shared with me. “The nights of work, the hours of hope amount at last to this day of joy,” Angelou once said. –Joy

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Mediocre at housekeeping

Inspiration can come from a variety of sources. I found this quote while browsing at Barnes & Nobles: “I don’t want to brag, but I’m pretty mediocre at housekeeping.” That inspiration about what’s most important comes from Anne Taintor’s 2016 engagement calendar. –Joy

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How’s your physiology?

Katie Karlovitz, a public speaking coach, says that your effectiveness as a speaker depends 55 percent on your physiology, 38 percent on your tonality and 7 percent on your content. I checked and physiology refers to a branch of biology that deals with the functions and activities of life or of living matter. Karlovitz is […]

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